Tributes & Vigils Category: US Marine
Name: Marine Sgt. Justin F. Hoffman
From: Delaware, Ohio
Assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve, Columbus, Ohio attached to Regimental Combat Team 2, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward)
Incident: Marine Sgt. Justin F. Hoffman was killed Aug. 3 when his amphibious assault vehicle was attacked by an improvised explosive device while he was conducting combat operations south of Haditha, Iraq. Also
A great brother and a great friend
Justin F. Hoffman’s mom chuckled at his quirks: the playful voicemail messages left on her cell phone, the endless AOL Instant Messenger chats, his curious ability to eat mealworms at pet shops.
“Justin was more or less a reality show,” Carole Hoffman said. Hoffman, 27, of Delaware, Ohio, died Aug. 3 during combat operations south of Haditha. He was based in Columbus.
His father, Robert Hoffman, said Justin was bright — an Ohio State University graduate who worked in information systems at Cardinal Health — but was big and strong and needed an outlet for his energy.
After six years, his time in the Marine Reserves was up last year, but when he learned his unit was to be activated, he signed up again.
“He wanted to be there for his men,” Carole said. “He wanted to lead his men.”
Lately, he had enlisted family members to scout for a diamond ring.